Here are the materials for my presentation at DH 2017 in Montreal. Feel free to contact me for questions or feedback. Slides: DH2017 Virtual Reality from Amanda Licastro Video: A Faculty Focus video produced by Stevenson University. Syllabi: 200-level literature course – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng28105-licastro16/syllabus/ 100-level writing course – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng151-on1-licastro17/syllabus/ Assignment – http://stevensonenglish.org/eng151-on1-licastro17/2017/04/17/final-assignment/ Tools mentioned: InstaVR Unity […]

CFP: Composition as Big Data

Computational analysis of big data has changed the way information is processed. Corporations analyze patterns in what people buy, how far they run, where they spend their time; they quantify habits to create more effective advertisements and cross-promotions. In academe, humanities scholars are using computational analysis to identify patterns in literary texts, historical documents, image […]

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality from Amanda Licastro Abstract: In Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the U.N. secretary proclaims, “[m]ankind needs more empathy” (1968). The poignancy of Dick’s novel is its accurate expression of the social challenge of diminishing human empathy. The author offers empathy as the defining characteristic of humanity. […]

MLA Executive Council Nomination

As many of you know, nominations for the Modern Language Association Executive Council are anonymous, so I was honored to be asked to run as one of the graduate student candidates. The current council told me that my nomination was accepted based on my status as a graduate student, my experience as a part-time faculty […]

#AAEEBL2014 Presentation

Here is my presentation for the 2014 AAEEBL conference, complete with text. Thank you to those who came, to Macaulay Honors College for their support, and to those reading this for their constructive feedback. Abstract: After over a decade of integrating eportfolio technology into the post-secondary classroom, where do we stand? The pedagogical practice of […]

The Writing Studies Tree

The Writing Studies Tree (WST, http://writingstudiestree.org/) is an online, open-access, crowdsourced database of scholarly relationships within writing studies, composition/rhetoric and related academic fields. Created by Graduate Center students in 2011-2012, the WST combines a fixed data structure with open editing privileges to rapidly aggregate the work of thousands of individuals’ small data entry efforts into […]